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Supporting pedagogy: Subject and curriculum knowledge

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Well-founded and secure subject and curriculum knowledge means developing an understanding of:

  • the key concepts, the networks of concepts, the methods of enquiry and the language that define the subject, and making sure that this knowledge is up to date;
  • progression within the subject and associated curriculum frameworks;
  • how assessment of learning, assessment for learning and a knowledge of the common misconceptions can be used effectively to support learning in the subject;
  • which teaching and learning models best meet the needs of different subject objectives.
  • how to develop the key skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT to support learning in the subject.

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National Strategies resources support the development of subject and curriculum knowledge in foundation, primary and secondary stages.

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